A pair of Derby Lightweight sets. Date and location unknown. Stuart Mackay Collection.
No details came with this image, but it's three West Cumberland sets, and appears to be M79612 leading (now preserved). Being a six-car formation and carrying sideboards it's probably one of the regular 'John Peel Land Cruise' trains. It is seen on the West Coast Main Line, passing over the Dillicar water troughs in the Lune Gorge just south of Tebay. Stuart Mackay Collection.
M79121 leads a twin set with 'Lichfield via Four Oaks' on the destination blind, seen in Birmingham New Street, date unknown. Stuart Mackay Collection.
E79026 on the back of a Boston service seen at Grantham, date unknown. Stuart Mackay Collection.
ER Derby Lightweight sets at Castle Bromwich in May 1955, borrowed to work British Industries Fair services before delivery to Lincolnshire. Note that it is also carrying sideboards. Stuart Mackay Collection.
Admirers for Derby Lightweight vehicles at Birmingham New Street on the 2nd May 1955. These are sets destined for Lincolnshire, borrowed before delivery by the LMR to work British Industries Fair shuttles to Castle Bromwich. Michael Mensing.
A two-car Derby Lighweight set is seen at Carlisle with a Silloth service on July 28, 1955. Stuart Mackay Collection.
E79040 at Mundesley, date unknown. A more unusual viewpoint, showing end details not normally seen in images - the lettering, distinct exhaust design, waist level jumpers and a water filler pipe for the coolant header tanks mounted in the vestibule ceilings. Tim Stubbs.
Two 2-car Derby Lightweights on the 1.20pm Birmingham New Street - Rugeley seen entering Witton. The DMU services on the line had just been introduced earlier that month. Michael Mensing.
Derby Lightweight M79009 is seen in Carlisle station on March 14, 1956. Hamish Stevenson.
On March 15, 1956, M79011 + M79603 are seen in Silloth station with the 10:20 Carlisle service. Hamish Stevenson.
M79655 heads three 2-car Derby Lightweights on a Birmingham New Street - Evesham excursion seen at Studley on the 12th August 1956. Michael Mensing.
A six-car (three two-cars) Derby Lightweight formation in Workington station on September 12th, 1956. Stuart Mackay Collection.
A six-car (three two-cars) Derby Lightweight formation departs from Workington station on a rainy September 12th, 1956. Stuart Mackay Collection.
A 4-car Derby Lightweight set formed E79510 + E79326 + E79400 + E79153. Taken on the 15th September 1956 at Tebay, this was a joint RCTS / BR tour 'The Little North Western' railtour. Stuart Mackay Collection.
School run on the Mundesley branch circa 1958. This is on board a Derby Lightweight set. Tim Stubbs.
British Railways (Derby Lightweight) single unit (DMBS) railcar M79900 at Banbury Merton Street station with a service for Buckingham - c.1958. Remarkably this railcar survives to this day, having been rebuilt as test coach "Iris", based at Bletchley and numbered 975010 in the departmental series. Its last years of service were with the Research Centre at Derby where it was again repainted into lined green livery. It is now preserved at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. 53A Models of Hull Collection.
There are at least ten Derby Lightweight vehicles visible in this view at Birmingham New Street on the 2nd March 1957, there were 16 vehicle total. They will form three services, the 5.15pm to Lichfield (6-cars), 5.20pm to Lichfield (6-cars), and the 5.42pm to Four Oaks (4-cars). The latter would have addition vehicle added from an incoming service. Michael Mensing.
A long line of Derby Lightweight vehicles in platform 4 of Birmingham New Street on the 7th May 1957. They will work the 5.15pm to Lichfield (6-cars), 5.20pm to Lichfield (6-cars) and 5.42pm to Four Oaks (4-cars, will have additional vehicles added from an incoming service). Michael Mensing.
A Derby Lightweight at Mundesley in the summer of 1957. Tim Stubbs.